NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: OCTOBER 29, 2012


NC Department of Public Instruction staff are working with eastern North Carolina school districts to help them respond to Hurricane Sandy.

Local school districts in eastern North Carolina have been reminded to secure all buildings and equipment and, in areas of potential flooding, to prepare facilities to ward off water if at all possible. Also, local child nutrition programs are encouraged to make sure that back-up generators are prepared and ready to engage to maintain safe food supplies in case power is lost.

NCDPI School Support Director Ben Matthews said that local school district personnel also are encouraged to document any storm-related damages with photos and other records and to report these to the Department as soon as possible. Speedy documentation and reporting will assist with insurance assessments.

State Superintendent June Atkinson pledged to have school facility and insurance staff prepared to respond quickly in the event of damage. "Our history in responding to other hurricanes and weather emergencies shows us that a quick response to local school district needs helps life return to normal more smoothly for these school communities," she said.

NCDPI provides property insurance coverage to more than 90 of the state's 115 school districts, including most of the coastal and eastern North Carolina counties. In that capacity, NCDPI's school support division works closely with local districts as well as the state's emergency management staff to ensure that districts are prepared to respond appropriately to hurricanes and other emergency events.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.